Black Friday / Cyber Monday SALES

    I know, I know… Everyone is talking about sales sales sales, and it seems sometimes that our society is just obsessed with STUFF.

    However.  You sometimes do need/deeply want said stuff.  And right now you can save a ton of money.

    ** Note:  I am going to include a few of my favorite “Shop Small” retailers before all of the bigger retailers … Because it is so important to support them, too!  And I won’t be including notorious fast fashion offenders (i.e. Zara, Forever 21, SheIn) which is a shift for me this year.  “Ethical fashion” doesn’t just refer to the use and treatment of animals; it also has to do with the working conditions of human beings who made the clothes.  I am by no means perfect in this area yet, but if I know a retailer to be “bad,” I’m not going to support them in any capacity.

    Ready to dive in?? Here are my faves:

    Deux Lux | vegan handbags! 30% off with code: Thankful30

    Hoodlamb | (winter, weatherproof parkas! Down-free, fur-free, eco)

    OSEA MALIBU (if you know me, you know I am a true believer in this brand and use their products every day) Right now you can get a free mega gift set with a purchase of $125 or higher 

    Petit Vour | (vegan beauty products + vegan beauty boxes… huge sale section)

    Pixie Mood | (vegan bags!) 40% off entire site with code: PMBF40

    Vaute Couture | (vegan winter coats! YES!) Various sales packages

    Vegan Chic take extra 15% off black friday-cyber monday sales items through 11/27 (great for gifts and shoes/bags/belts shopping for your man, too!)

    ANN TAYLOR | 50% Off Everything with code: THANKFUL DATE: 11/22 – 11/24


    ASOS | Black Friday Weekend- 30% off Everything DATE: 11/22 – 11/28 CODE: EPIC30 TIP: Search for Shoes and Bags with the NON LEATHER Filter!!!

    BB DAKOTA | 50% Off Black Friday DATE: 11/24. VEGAN LEATHER HEAVEN!

    BERGDORF GOODMAN | 40% off designer selection

    BLOOMINGDALE’S | take $25 off every $200 spent

    E.L.F COSMETICS | Get 50% off sitewide using the code CELEBRATE on orders $30+. Plus, your order ships free for a limited time. Exclusions apply. CODE: CELEBRATE

    JOSS & MAIN | Up to 80% off! THE BEST home stuff… from furniture to decor

    JUICE BEAUTY | Cyber Monday Exclusive Event: 20% Off any order 11/23-11/28. Use code RSCM17. DATE:11/23 – 11/28 CODE: RSCM17 {Juice Beauty Vegan Product List HERE}

    MACY’S | take an extra 20% off everything with code HURRY

    MADEWELL | Take 25% off everything DATE: 11/21 – 11/26 CODE: DONTSTRESS

    MYTHERESA | enjoy 30% off on selected items by entering the code BLACK30 at checkout DATE: 11/23 – 11/26 CODE: BLACK30 (Hello, Stella bags!!!)

    NASTYGAL | It’s Black FriYAY with Nasty Gal – 50% off everything

    NEIMAN MARCUS | Today only.  Save up to 60% off when your take an extra 33% off select merchandise at NeimanMarcus.com

    NORDSTROM | Cyber Monday at NORDSTROM! Extra 20% OFF selected sale items. FREE shipping. FREE returns. DATE: 11/24 – 11/2

    REVOLVE | Take up to 50% off sale styles DATE: starting 11/23

    RIVER ISLAND | 25% off all orders, for a limited time only* – Sale Items + Mark Downs excluded DATE: 11/23 – 11/27 

    SAK’S | Designer Sale! Up to 40% OFF* designer selections. In Stores & Online. Shop Now!

    SEPHORA | up to 50% off select items with Black Friday deals under $15

    SHOPBOP | Get 20% off orders of $200 + .25% off orders of $500+ and 30% off orders of $800 or more with code MORE17 at Shopbop! DATE: 11/21 – 11/26

    STELLA MCCARTNEY | I’ve been waiting all year for this one! Up to 50% off! 

    T3 MICRO | Black Friday starts early! Enjoy 25% off luxe hair tools DATE: 11/21 – 11/26 CODE: FRIDAY17

    REFORMATION | 30% off everything

    TOO FACED | Shop the Pink Friday Sale for 25% off everything DATE: 11/24

    TOPSHOP | Save up to 50% off + Free Worldwide Shipping DATE: 11/22 – 11/27


    There you have it! I hope you all had a beautiful holiday with family and loved ones!  I want to say, also, that my heart goes out to those who find the holidays hard for whatever reason… You aren’t alone!  And to all of those who saw my Instagram post announcing my big news (more on that to come!)… Thank you, thank you, thank you!  We could not be more excited and thankful. 

    xx Happy shopping and happy living,



    Find Your Perfect Teddy Bear Coat (At A Reasonable Price)

    brown teddy bear jacket from nordstrom

    Teddy bear coat (also comes in cream color): Nordstrom | Boots: Bhava (all vegan shoes)

    Need a snuggly, cruelty-free way to stay warm this winter? Try my personal favorite wardrobe staple: the teddy bear coat.  It feels like your softest, favorite blanket wrapped around you all day, and is super versatile.   I like to throw mine over fancy outfits OR yoga clothes.  And nothing beats it while traveling.  This is a great option for you if the super-realistic-looking-faux-fur thing skeeves you out; these jackets literally look to be the texture of teddy bears!  Tips:  I tend to size down in these oversized styles, and they are usually made of poly.  Here are my top picks:


    The reversible (available in several colors); $89

    reversible teddy bear jacket teddy bear coat pink and red


    The bomber style (available in 3 colors); $168

    furry bomber jacket


    The vintage look; $178; 40% off with code THANKU

    teddy bear jacket j crew


    The casual and cost-effective, comes in 3 colors; $33.99

    The glam teddy; $168 but 30% off with code MORE17

    faux fur teddy bear coat


    The heavy coat, 3 colors available; $129

    teddy bear coat teddy bear jacket


    Happy Shopping!  And thank you for being kind to animals this winter!




    My Custom Vegan Wedding Shoes [Feat: Mink Shoes]

    custom made vegan bridal shoes by mink shoes

    Custom made by Mink Shoes 

    (Prices vary depending on design)


    I am so excited to get started on my wedding posts!  Whether you are currently engaged, planning a vow renewal, or just plain single and planning your someday/fantasy wedding (That way me for a long time! Guilty!)… AND whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or just someone who wants your wedding to be representative of the thoughtfulness and the kind decision-making that you will bring to your marriage, I hope that you can bookmark/pin/whatever these tips, and that they can be useful to you.


    Finding the perfect vegan wedding shoes can be a tricky feat (pun intended).  I found my dress right away.  But the SHOES.  The shoes consumed my thoughts.  It was so important to me that my wedding shoes a) be unique and unfussy, but glam; b) be white but not tackily so; c) make me as tall as Giselle; d) be vegan, obviously.  So, my hunt began.  I found a few “incidentally vegan” pairs online at various mainstream retailers, but none were knocking my socks off.  And they all felt “too” something… too formal, too shiny, too basic, etc.  I had read an article once about a vegan Oakland Raiders cheerleader who had gotten Louboutin to custom make her a pair of animal-friendly red bottom heels for her wedding … That was pretty intriguing to me, except I’m just not a red-bottoms type of girl. So, I reached out to someone even BETTER; someone who actually does make her shoes in the same Italian factories as Louboutin and Gucci: REBECCA MINK.  Y’all, she is the vegan shoe GODDESS.  She is currently collaborating with Kat Von D on an animal-friendly, avant-garde shoe line, AND she custom makes all of the crazy cool shoes that you see Miley Cyrus in on The Voice. She’s legit. I couldn’t believe my luck that she wanted to work with me.

    Rebecca is a stylist to the stars, so she knows what looks good.  If you are a bride (or someone who just wants custom, animal-friendly shoes), this would be your process, based on my experience:

    1. Tell her/show her what you’re wearing to your event, if possible.  She took one look at my boho number and knew that the vegan leather she picked needed to have minimal texture so as not to compete with the lace.  She went with my vintage theme and chose grommets and hardware that appeared more weathered, less shiny.  She chose a PERFECT bone-white color, and knew that since we were going crazily-high, we needed maximum ankle support while still remaining sexy, so that I wouldn’t fall and break my neck before locking this man down.  She suggested we go with a “boho clog,” in a light wood color to coordinate well with the dress.  She basically did all the conceptualizing legwork for me, while still valuing my input.
    2. She takes your vision to Italy.  Her workers are the best in the biz, and they do impeccable sculpting, structuring, and designing.  This is another reason I didn’t just want to grab a random pair of shoes off the internet… You get what you pay for, as far as comfort.  Despite my shoes being so tall, I was able to wear them all night because they were so comfortable– because they were made by shoe geniuses! Anyway, I digress. In the factory, they will make your dream shoes and even do cool things like carve or burn your wedding date/new last name/whatever into them, if you’re a sentimental sap like me.
    3. She sends you the shoes and you have a keepsake for LIFE.  You feel great because you have chosen to invest in a luxury shoe that ONLY YOU will have; you have also supported an animal-friendly small business owner who is changing the face of high fashion. Isn’t that the kind of karma you want on your big day?
    4. Receive endless compliments on your incredible shoes, and know that they will last you forever.

    custom vegan leather wedding shoes by mink shoes



    Info@minkshoes.com for additional inquiries


    (Photography by Autumn Walker)


    Happy World Vegan Day! | Feat: HoodLamb x PETA

    hoodlamb x peta

    on me: ladies nordic parka | on matt: men’s nordic parka

    discount code: molly5peta

    (perfect holiday gift for yourself and your significant other!!!)


    Happy World Vegan Day, friends!  

    Man… Times, they certainly are a’changin’.  Never have I seen so much forward motion towards animal-friendly living amongst the mainstream!  Fueled by awareness of how animals are treated (thank you, Facebook), concerns about the impact of meat and dairy on one’s well-being (What The Health, anyone??), and growing accessibility to alternatives…. 2017, despite its warts, has been “the year of the vegan.”

    Speaking of the increasing availability of animal-friendly options… HOW amazing are these eco-friendly, incredibly luxe, super warm parkas by HoodLamb??? They have lots of different styles available to suit your specific climate needs, and they do also offer knitwear.  I haven’t been this excited about frigid-weather attire since… well, ever.

    In honor of World Vegan Day, Amsterdam-based Hoodlamb by Hemp Tailors has joined forces with PETA to bring these feather-and-fur-free parkas to the US. HoodLamb is also donating a percentage of each sale to PETA’s efforts to end animal abuse.  Full disclosure, if you want one of these parkas, you should buy it using my code rather than a code found on any other site– because they are donating 5% to PETA normally, but I’ve decided to give my commission/cut to PETA as well, so if you buy through me, 10% of purchase will go straight to the animals. Just be sure and use my discount code: molly5peta.  This code is active today through November 8th.


    • Hempulose:  a weather-resistant coating that comes from hemp stalk.
    • Thermore Ecodown: feather-free down insulation that keeps the wearer warm in even the coldest possible climate
    • Faux fur lining: made from plastic bottles


    Mostly because its the worst thing on the planet, ever. These birds are kept in filthy, deplorable conditions without food or water, with no room to even turn around. And their feathers are often ripped from them as they scream out in pain.  I’m not gonna force you to watch…  But if you’re curious, strong-hearted, and have 60 seconds, watch this quick vid.


    A) Real fur is taboo in 2017, and will become even more so in 2018.  I know that if I see someone wearing it, I am SHOCKED at their unawareness– no one thinks this is cute or chic anymore. B) if you’re paying for others to kill these animals for you by purchasing these jackets, you should at least have the ethical wherewithal to know what you’re actually getting, and WHAT you paid someone to do for you. So in a nutshell: coyotes, bunnies, and foxes are caught in steel traps, which cut them to the bone.  If they don’t die eventually of blood loss, shock, hunger, or attack by predators while they are immobilized, they oftentimes will chew through their own leg in order to get back to their families.  Enjoy your real-fur jacket!

    I never talk about this stuff on the blog, because I like to keep things sunny and positive. But at some point you’ve got to keep it real.

    I don’t know about you, but 2017 has been hard for me.  There’s so much sadness and divisiveness and violence in the world right now.  You feel helpless, right? I do, sometimes. But, WE are moving into a new year. WE can control only our own actions, and WE can reduce suffering by our daily choices. It’s empowering, right?! We can help, even a little bit, by increasing demand for and being a walking billboard for GOOD and not for sadness. And that’s a beautiful, exciting thing.

    Discount code: molly5peta



    Self-care Sunday | Feat: MOROCCANOIL®

    To those of you who have followed me for awhile: you KNOW how much of a cruelty-free beauty junkie I am. And Sunday = my day to get my self-pamper on.  I’ve been so excited to get the chance to use the Moroccanoil products, mostly because I’d always heard such amazing things about the protective qualities of the hair care line. Between wanting to look nice for work and all of my photoshoots for the blog, I use heat styling on my hair WAY more than I probably should. Plus, I have a tendency to switch up my hair color often, which can obviously wreak havoc on your hair. I’ve joined Morrocanoil’s #fearlessbeauty campaign, and for me it has two meanings: I can live without fear of damaging my hair because of these products, AND I can live without fear of sacrificing my values in order to have great beauty products, thanks to Moroccanoil’s cruelty-free status + their formulations (which are free of any animal byproducts).

    moroccanoil hair products

    As I sit here with a hair mask on under my towel turban, I want to share the Moroccanoil products I simply cannot live withoutt:

    This product has gotten a LOT of play in the media– it kind of pioneered the whole argain oil-infused haircare movement. It has been given awards in New Beauty and Essence magazines, among others. It is such healthy, clean formulation that makes your hair SO shiny!!! You have to try ths stuff. (It really speeds up your hair drying time, too!!!)
    You leave this product on for 5-7 minutes, and it totally revitalizes and reconstructs the hair shaft. It rebuilds strength of your hair from the inside out via the argan oil and shea butter. WORTH EVERY PENNY, y’all.
    I love these products because they moisturize your hair without weighing it down at all! Elasticity and shine are replenished, and your hair smells great, too! Whether you want more volume, have curly hair you’d like to enhance, or need coarse hair smoothed… There is a perfect option for you available.

    Bonus: For all of my social media users: I encourage you to join the #fearlessbeauty movement as well! If you upload any photo to social media and use the hashtag FEARLESSBEAUTY (I am fearless when I _______), you could win the entire Moroccanoil Repair Collection, valued at over $400!!! AHHHH good luck!




    Aging skin? Don’t sweat it. | Feat: FRÉ Skincare

    fre skincare skincare routine

    FRÉ skincare // satin robe (on major sale; other colors available)


    So, I think that many of you have been following my fitness journey.  I have never felt better about the way my clothes fit… But I have noticed that all of the sweating has taken a little bit of a toll on my skin.  I was excited to learn about FRÉ, which combats workout-induced breakouts and aging with a revolutionary, natural blend of organic Argan oil and Argan leaf water extract, and Argan stem cells.  FRÉ has been featured in SHAPE and VOGUE magazines for a reason… It uniquely focuses on the active, outdoorsy woman.

    This is a 3-step process… Easy peasy.  Each product is vegan, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and noncomedogenic (meaning, it is proven to not break you out!)

    Step 1: “Protect Me” is a lightweight SPF30 moisturizer. It is waterproof, won’t sting your eyes, and won’t make you look “chalky.” You’re especially going to thank me for this if you are a runner or your workout involves being outdoors at all.  Trust me, as a former surfer, sweating out in the sun will seriously dehydrate your skin and put you at risk for early aging! 

    Step 2: “Purify Me” is a  hydrating facial cleanser that prevents/treats breakouts and re-balances your skin pH.  Apply this after your workout… Bonus: it will feel GREAT, so refreshing!

    Step 3: “Revive Me”  is an anti-aging serum that infuses your tired, overworked skin with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals.  It will stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity. Get your glow on!

    I know a bunch of us here are tree-huggers, so I wanted to mention that for every skincare set sold, FRÉ plants an Argan tree!



    FRÉ Skincare


    What’s The Deal With MICROBLADING? | Featuring: The “Bladerunner” Amber Garton

    You’ve undoubtedly heard of the expression “death by a thousand cuts.”

    These days, though, you hear more about deathly amazing eyebrows by a thousand cuts!  Especially if you live in Dallas, Texas; the stomping grounds of “The Bladerunner,” i.e. Amber Garton of Enlighten MD.

    I’ve always had brows on the wispier side; a little bit light and sparse in certain areas.  If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know that I am a makeup minimalist to say the least. But I would at LEAST try and fill in my brows every day, which was a total pain.  So after hearing murmurings about microblading for a year or so, I finally decided that I wanted some brows that were, as the kids say, “on fleek.” (Do they still say that?)

    Full disclosure: I stalked Amber, hard, before pursuing getting my eyebrows microbladed by her. She has an Instagram that showcases her work (check it out), and I would sit there, mesmerized, for 30 minutes at a time– just watching her transform her customers’ entire faces with teeny tiny strokes of a blade.  And she was GOOD.  Her creations zero percent appeared to be “tattooed on,” even when the she had very little to work with at the start.  Another thing that set Amber apart from the rest, in my opinion, was that her brow aesthetic wasn’t one-size-fits-all.  There are quite a few talented microbladers are out there these days (not to mention the no-so-talented ones… Just do a quick search on Instagram), but most of them have a certain “look” that they tend to execute regardless of the nuances of their canvas; oftentimes, its a signature dark, super-arched brow, or one which starts out lighter at the inner corners and then deepens substantially at the outer corners.  But what I was really looking for was someone who would give me the right brows for MY face– and that meant the right color AND the right shape.  Remember– this is a semi-permanent tattoo on your face. This is not the time to choose someone on a whim, or to bargain shop.

    So I took a deep breath, messaged Amber, and a couple of weeks later I found myself entering the doors of Enlighten MD, a luxury, much-buzzed-about medi spa.  While I introduced myself around to the friendly, super cute girls who work there (I wanted them all to be my friends), I noted the chic clothing/accessories boutique attached to the spa.  Welp, I knew what I would be doing to pass the 30 minutes it took for the numbing cream to kick in.  Two candles, a necklace, and a pair of yoga pants later, I was finally reclining in Amber’s exam room.  Amber is about 5 feet tall, basically a gorgeous little smoky-voiced pixie, with big blue eyes and hair down to her butt.  She has long, colorful nails covered in glitter, and she listens to the blues while she stares intently at your face. I was immediately put at ease; she has the air of someone who wants to take really great care of you; the air of someone who can slice you open with a superfine blade, but you barely notice because you are singing out loud with her to Otis Redding.

    I was right- we had a blast throughout our 3-hour-long appointment.  But through the fun, you could see her perfectionism and professionalism.  She took the time to explain to me her methodology; the veggie-based, organic ink she loves to use; and the purpose of each little tool.  She drew a brow on me and asked how I liked it– did everything look perfect, did I feel comfortable with where it started and ended? You can tell that she truly loves what she does.  The pain level was about a 5. No big deal. Worth it for perfect brows, am I right?  The most daunting thing is that you really have to be careful with your new brows for a couple of weeks afterwards.  No scratching them– and chilllddd, they will itch for a few days!  And no sweating– this would make the ink leave your pores. You need to keep the brows shiny with a petrolatum product; but not WET, lest the scabs loosen.  Amber explained all of this multiple times in a patient, concerned manner… She can only do so much,  it’s up to us to maintain her work.  I mention all of this because: just like choosing the right technician is très important, so is making sure that it is the right time to get this procedure done.  Don’t get your brows ‘bladed right before you start training for a marathon or go on a scuba diving trip. Also, you probably shouldn’t get them done the day before a photo shoot– the brows will be noticeably darker than average for about a week or so while they heal.

    I left Amber that day feeling like a strong-featured goddess. I actually loved the phase where my brows were super dark– it’s a cool look!  I babied my eyebrows for a couple of weeks, enjoying the for-once-valid excuse I had not to go to the gym, and then returned to Amber for my touch-up.  She went back over areas that didn’t “take” the pigment as well, or areas that just needed a little extra “oomph.”

    I have been biding my time before writing this review, because I wanted to be able to honestly describe how well the brows hold up.  I got mine microbladed about 5 months ago, and they are still going strong! They will hopefully last for at least a year before I go back to Amber for my maintenance visit.  I do think that it is safe to say: I am hooked. I don’t have to think about my brows whatsoever, except to pluck a few strays every couple of weeks or so.  As Amber and I discussed– some girls need to be high maintenance in order to be low maintenance.  I am one of those girls; I love never having to put makeup on my face or think about my brows or worry about what I eat… It’s such a carefree way to live.  But because I am not naturally glowy-complexioned, full-browed, or fit, this means that I invest in 3 “high maintenance” things that I will probably be hooked on for the rest of my life: good skincare, microblading, and personal training. And out of those 3, microblading really is by far and away the least time consuming or expensive– you just need to come in once every year or two! Well worth it for fleeky brows, if you ask me.

    If you have any questions AT ALL about the process or my experience, please feel free to ask, as always.  But let me leave you with my final thoughts, in the order of importance, on microblading: A) Find a good tech!!! Don’t be wooed by techs who boast low prices around the $200-300 range; most likely, they are just trying to build up a portfolio and get their feet wet. You want someone outstanding.  B) Choose the timing carefully so you don’t screw up the aftercare;  C) Don’t worry about the pain.  It’s barely worth mentioning, but it’s definitely one of the questions I get the most.  If you don’t live in Dallas, I would do extensive research before choosing a brow specialist  (remember, its a tattoo…on your face)  and I would even consider making a trip in order to go to Amber.  Especially if you’re into that cruelty-free life, as she uses all animal-friendly materials.

    Love you guys!  Send me pics of your new brows when you get ’em!




    Info on my technician:

    Amber Garton at Enlighten MD

    214-964-0860 for questions or appointments